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#VicEmergency, phone app question

With the continued dry weather and fire season fast approaching, I’m a bit worried by the VicEmergency app on my phone. Okay, lie, I’m a lot worried. I get notifications of fires within my watch zone, but the damn phone doesn’t ‘ring’. All I get is a vibration.

When I’m home, the phone sits on my desk so I can generally hear it as it bounces around. If I go to the bathroom or into the kitchen to make a cup of coffee, I hear nothing at all. Zero. Zip. Nada.

My phone is a Samsung Galaxy SII with the most up-to-date firmware it can take. I looked up the specs. My phone should be receiving the VicEmergency notifications without any problems. And I do, I just can’t hear them.

I’ve checked the phone and all the settings are fine. I get proper notification sounds for both calls and SMS messages. What’s more, when I was using the now defunct, EmergencyAus phone app. I had a special sound setup just for the notifications. If I heard that sound I knew to go check the phone, immediately.

-sigh- I really have to say this. The EmergencyAus app was ten times better than the VicEmergency app that seems to have pushed it out of the market. VicEmergency should be the better app because it includes data – such as wind direction – that wasn’t available on EmergencyAus. Read this post to see why wind direction is good.

The trouble is, the VicEmergency app is slow to load and slow to update.  I’ve seen fires showing on the app long after they’ve been downgraded to ‘safe’ on the VicEmergency website. That makes me wonder how much I can trust the app to provide emergency info. when there really is an emergency situation. And I can’t hear the alerts. In some ways, that’s the worst thing about the app because I’m now constantly worried that I’ve missed a vital notification. And that will only get worse as the season progresses.

So, the reason for this post is to ask other VicEmergency users out there if you get notifications with sound or not. If you do, what phone are you using?

I can’t afford to buy new phones for the Offspring and me, but I can’t afford to continue with this stress either. Not being able to hear the alerts has dumped me right back into the emotional state I was in after Black Saturday. People died because they didn’t know. 😦

Oh, and I did try to get some info. from VicEmergency itself but got no reply. Don’t you just love government agencies?

Any info. gratefully received.


Paddle Trouble

paddle trouble screenshotPaddle Trouble is a new game app for mobile phones – not normally the kind of thing I talk about on this blog.

However… it just so happens that the creator of the game is an old friend of mine called George. We met about ten years ago on a geeky forum called Guru 3D, but George was always the true geek, not me. 😉

To cut a long story short, I wanted to have a look at George’s game, but I have yet to work out how to download apps onto my mobile phone [yes, I know, I’m ashamed of myself].

After much nagging Out of the kindness of his heart, George made it possible for me to play the game on my pc. And now I’m sharing that link with you. 🙂


After Paddle Trouble loads [may take a few seconds], click start and away you go.

The aim is to use your mouse to knock the blue balls away from the middle, and into the ‘gutter’ on the outer edge. Left click flicks the paddle at the blue ball, and if you time it right, you can hit it for six. For non cricket people that means hitting the ball right out of the playing field.

I confess my score is pretty low, but last time I played I managed to get past 2000 points. That sounds like a lot but believe me, it’s not. 🙂

If you like the game, and know how to download apps, you can follow the links on the page to download it to your phone.

Enjoy. 🙂


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